My Work. My Story.

Stories by People at Work

Dreams. Reality. Meaning. Work creates a variety of portraits. We all have a story to share. What's your work story?

Person at work

"I previously worked as an attorney representing financial institutions, so in doing that, I realized I was more interested in the financial side of it than the people side of it. I made the transition to do more of the investment analysis and advice, and leave the legal stuff to the other business. This is the field I want to be in; I've been with my company for 3 years. It's the exact job I want to be doing!"

Person at work

"I like to see the finished products we make; seeing what the material looks like when you start with it and then when you're done with it. Now that everything is factory made and mass produced, it means there's less work out there for us (as a handmade shop), so that's a challenge."

Person at work

"I'm a senior, but am employed by this company as an actor and am working for my college this summer too. After college, I plan on going into acting professionally."

Person at work

"This is my part-time job. I'm a schoolteacher full time! I teach the 5th grade. I like this as a second job because I don't have to talk much or make lesson plans or fuss. I kind of get to relax in a way."

Person at work

"A foundry close by to here just got bought out, and basically the plant got shut down and now all those people are looking for work. When you're in a certain class and your company shuts down, there's really nowhere to go. I was unemployed for about 2 years before this."

Person at work

"I take care of the printers here. I have to wear a hard hat in certain areas of the facility; it's procedure. I work with printers and the funny thing is, it's very close to what I went to school for. I went for Art, so dealing with paper products, image quality, resolution, color space; it's a little bit of a stretch, but not too much."

Person at work

"I went to school for general resource management and environmental law enforcement. I originally got laid off from law enforcement back in 2009 and kind of had to consider, okay what now? I was finally able to get back into the natural resources field 6 years later, training as an Arborist. I love being outside and up in the trees!"

Person at work

"I work in the back, in the bakery. I am going to school for baking and pastry too. My older sister graduated from the same program. Eventually, we'd love to start our own business... that's the long-term plan!"

Person at work

"I've been doing construction all my life on and off, but I've been on this project since February. I was on the other side doing demolition first. I'm doing concrete right now though. You move around a lot in this industry, most definitely. You've got to go where the work is!"

Person at work

"Currently I'm a full time graduate student studying graphic design. I want to be able to create my own website and logo design soon for my business; I'm designing a wholesale line of urban hip-hop clothing for men, women, and children."

Person at work

"I'm a marketing consultant, and love my job now; there's lots to do and lots of room for growth. I have multiple freelance jobs as well. I do a little bit of event coordination, a little Internet marketing, taking care of their SEM and analytics. It keeps me busy, keeps me out of trouble."

Person at work

"I'm going to school for Business. I'm only going to be a sophomore in the fall, so I'm not sure what I want to do yet."

Person at work

"Changing to a longer time horizon has been my biggest struggle. My sphere has gotten bigger, to decisions of more responsibility, so that it's not sufficient to just solve a today problem or win a today victory, but how to plan for multiple years, for the future."

Person at work

"I've been an artist pretty much all my life, and I just started this hardware company a little over a year ago. I also run my painting business out of the same space. The hardware is very modern, and it's made to lay flush with cabinetry instead of on top of it. We were actually able to patent it because it's so different. I'm a painter too, and I sometimes do sculpture... I do a variety of things! It gives me a lot of pleasure to make beautiful and creative things, and share them with people."

Person at work

"A lot of our kids are impoverished and from educational backgrounds where people haven't really believed in them or given them the time of day, not even because the teachers are bad but because we have classrooms of 35 or 40 kids and a teacher who wants to be there for every single one of them and can't be. There are a lot of different learning personalities, especially in middle school. So I get to be that extra help and hand that the teacher always wished they had. I can be there and get to know the kids individually and how they learn, and relay that back to the teacher. I get to meet these great kids that are really smart and capable of amazing things. It's really cool."

Person at work

"It's only their 2nd week of training, and this is a 6th month training period. I've been an Arborist almost 15 years. These trainees get to use all the new technology, and I'm still stuck in the old way, I like the old equipment; Change is hard when you're my age!"

Person at work

"This is my first adult job, so it's a lot more responsibility than I'm used to. I do deal hands on with everyone getting paid. So I need to make sure everything, social security numbers, card numbers and bank information are accurate. It's a lot of responsibility, but I like it! It's good practice. I also like being exposed to all kinds of people, from all walks of life. It's been a great opportunity."

Person at work

"When I was a kid, I just wanted to be like my dad. He was really involved with us growing up, he coached all my sports teams, he went to all my track meets, he was like super dad! He had a regular full-time job, but he was always around at the same time. I guess I kind of wanted to be like that."

Person at work

"I don't do anything, I am retired! I was in manufacturing, working in a paper mill for 40 years. I started on my 19th birthday and retired when I was 59. It was about stability. I've only been retired about 9 months, so I got through the winter okay and now I just like to hang out. Take care of stuff around the house. I'm working on it though; I'm thinking I'll go back and volunteer somewhere."

Person at work

"My son thinks he's 32, but he just turned 10! He is running my life right now! He keeps me going, for sure. When you do have bad days at work, when you do all this hard work and people just don't show up sometimes, all of that stress catches up with you...then you go pick your kid up from school and you realize ok, I'll be okay, I'll make it."

Person at work

"I'm currently a bartender and have been working in the service industry for many years. What I like most about my job is that I get to make something and share that with other people. I like making people feel good because of something I've created."

Person at work

"A recruiter called me about this job because I'd put my resume on a career website. I wasn't really open to it at first because this is my first contract job. I didn't realize the regularity of companies using contractors. There was a stigma attached to it for me before, but it's not like that here. I'm a Project Assistant, so I handle a lot of the administration for the projects; I schedule meetings, I deal with people's calendars, I submit expense reports. I'm basically an executive assistant, but for a whole project, not for one person. I don't like monotony, so I like that my job is fast paced and something is always coming up and something always needs to be done."

Person at work

"I think the American dream is left up to one's own perception. I feel like realty is a job where the income is lucrative but you don't think about the income, you think about how you've helped someone. If you've really helped them through the tough process, and helped them understand buying a home, then they'll refer you to other people."

Person at work

"I own a tour company. I'm working with a corporate group here today, and just sent them on a golf outing. And I have a couple of tours this afternoon. I call this season 8 of my reality show!"

Person at work

"I manage all aspects of the business, from the outside facilities to the internal side of what we do, heavily involved with what's going on out in the day-to-day plant. Overall, I'm extremely pleased because we are a growing company and we are growing quite fast... it keeps us busy! Here I can make a difference and make an impact. We are all learning at the same time; my whole staff contributes their skills and between all of us we can become better. There's no politics. Everybody is striving to take pride in what they do, and that's what makes it fun."

Person at work

"I was doing personal care before too, like supportive home care, but that's not what I wanted to do. This is my passion. We were actually working out of our home, that's what made us get a truck. We found out we couldn't do it out of the house. I've always liked to cook, but I just never knew that I'd actually be doing a food truck. My goal is to have a restaurant within the next couple of years. I'd prefer a restaurant over the food truck... probably a kind of small one, seat maybe 50-60 people at a time... not too big or over the top."

Person at work

"Well, I started bussing/waitressing at a restaurant at a young age. I grew up really fast, and got married and pregnant at a young age so... this is not what I wanted but this is how it turned out! But I'm really happy where I'm at. My boss is extremely nice; you don't find a lot of bosses that are very nice. I have a lot of health issues right now and she is very accommodating. I wouldn't be working at all if it wasn't for her."

Person at work

"The organization plans the data, designs and maps the tables. If we start from the beginning with them, we are designing it from the first go. If not, we need to do re-mappings. So that's the most challenging... but I like challenging tasks! We came here last year at the end of April, so it's only been a year. We cannot compare India and the US... when we are there, we are in our home; it's our home country. But here we have the global exposure. You have nice people to meet, and get to work with different cultures and learn a lot of new things... they are very different scenarios, we cannot compare! I love drumming, I was in a rock band when I was in India."

Person at work

"I don't know where I want my career to go just yet. I'll cross that bridge after the New Year... My fiancé just graduated not too long ago, and our wedding is in October. We also just bought a house, so that's taking up most of my time."

Person at work

"When I was little, I wanted to be a librarian because I like the quiet. I'm not as shy as I used to be though! I went to college for corporate communications and business, and got into this job right out of college. I've been with the company going on 8 years. My biggest struggle is finding the time!"

Person at work

"I wouldn't change anything about my job because it's a learning experience. Even when it's harder to do a job, you learn from it (particularly a project job). It's not always a challenge, but you can always learn something."

Person at work

"I'm a personal care worker. I take care of my mom and two other elderly ladies, every day. I got into this in 1991, when I was a CAN; then I went into personal care. My mom was handicapped at that point, so she needed me. She couldn't walk anymore. The way I see it, she took care of me when I was young and now I'm taking care of her. You only get one mom. I take care of people because, one day someone's going to have to take care of you, me, everybody. We've all got to take care of each other. I really love my job. I tell all of my kids and 22 grand babies, stay out of trouble and just go to work. Just work and don't get into trouble!"

Person at work

"I was a teacher before this; I was training to be a cross-categorical special ed teacher, so that's grades K-12. My last endeavor, I was a special ed intern at a highschool, and was working with special ed students and teaching them job skills. So this is a nice transition from that. I think this is a better environment for me; I like the business environment better."

Person at work

"I used to do demolition, but I like this. It's laid back, less stressful. We have to finish painting this house in three days though."

Person at work

"I've been doing construction for 5 years. It's a really hard job; it takes a toll on your body, especially when you're out here in the elements. But I don't see it as a struggle at all. I definitely like it better than my last job!"

Person at work

"I've worked here for 3 years. Before this, I worked inside their restaurant for 4 years. I like working as a chef, and I want to learn more types of food. I know right now a little bit about American food, but I want to learn more. There's a lot of different kinds of food!"

Person at work

"I got into this job because my mom worked for the Post Office. I've been with them for 14 years."

Person at work

"We're kind of a small and mighty team, so we work well and close together all the time."

Person at work

"I was working for the county doing snow plowing the winter before this. I like being out in the city and doing something different. This is the best job in the world; we can work outdoors, climb trees, chip wood. We are being trained to climb right now. It can be intimidating, but they teach you to trust your gear, so that's what we are doing."

Person at work

"You get to make something with your hands and something that will last forever...well at least until it's replaced. Every cabinet order and job is different. If the housing market isn't doing well, we aren't doing well though. But it's been pretty steady recently."

Person at work

"I think the only thing I would change about my job is where I sit. It's right at the top of the stairs, where everyone stops to gab... I'm working on that actually!"

Person at work

"I have four different jobs. I do this (security for events), own a fried cheese curd business, and drive a rickshaw. Oh and I work at a coffee shop; I've got to have my caffeine and benefits to get all this work done!"

Person at work

"This is my first day on the job!"

Person at work

"I'm passionate about good tea, so it makes it easy to sell. It makes it easy to come to work every day. Plus, it's good for you, so I've been a lot healthier since working here. There's really nothing I don't like about it!"

Person at work

"I'm in school for conservation and environmental sciences, so eventually I'd like to be a forest ranger and work for the National Parks. But grounds keeping is close enough for now. I also used to work for a garden supply store."

Person at work

"I used to work in restaurant management. But back around 2005, the gas prices jumped from $1.50 to almost $3 per gallon; almost doubled. That's when I started to notice all the mopeds at campgrounds up north, something the RV camper crowds would use to get into town. I was up there for 3 weeks and just kept seeing packs of scooters around, just mopeds, mopeds, mopeds. I realized there was no shop in the city specializing in that. Gas was so expensive and mopeds get 100 mpg, so I figured why not? So I started this business."

Person at work

"I like to do landscape photography. It's a good release from the stresses of work. I've been with my company for 5 years. I'll probably be with them forever! I've lived here 10 years now; everyone is so open. Like you, being friendly and approaching people! I appreciate that."

Person at work

"I used to manage a series of bars here in the city." What made you want to leave? "It was just kind of time for me."

Person at work

When asked the biggest struggle with his job right now: "With the blood drive, we are just trying to break the misconceptions or fears people have. Once you get people down here, most people don't have problems with it."

Person at work

"I've never climbed before this. I've been wanting to for a very long time. I went to school for environmental health, water quality, and sustainability. I knew I'd end up in the trees or in some sort of conservation. It's been a long time coming, so I'm really proud of getting into the position; it was pretty grueling. It took almost 6 months to get the job. But it will be a promising career if I can get through the next 6-8 months!"

Person at work

"The biggest struggle is pretty much just making the calls, picking up the phone. Most of the time you just get voicemail."

Person at work

"40 hours a week here, 16 hours there on the weekend. I also work at a senior group home...I've been going there since high school, so I've been there for awhile, I think it's important for them to have a community where everybody knows each other's names."

Person at work

"I'm at the crossroads right now of having to consider the turn I want my career to take. I've considered pursuing data governance, which I think I'd be good at because I can coordinate people and get them excited about things. As a country and world, we've produced more data in the last 10 years than we ever have combined over the rest of time."

Person at work

"I have a degree in biology and anthropology, and I worked at a florist in the past, so that's how I got into this job. My biggest struggle at work is keeping plants looking their best under less than ideal conditions, in the office buildings."

Person at work

"I'm an Assistant Stage Manager for this show and am a senior in college. I'm an Art major and Tech Theater minor, and hope to go into stage management and scene design once I graduate."

Person at work

"Right now, I love cooking. I like building great things, learning new things, perfecting them... I'm a real perfectionist; I'm really picky about how my food looks...If it doesn't look right to me, I can't give it to you."

Person at work

"I'm on the faculty at a local college in the theater department, but I'm working for a different theater this summer. I think my favorite part is having a vision for what it'll look like when it's done. This part is pretty tedious; we are building a crossover for actors to use behind stage. Because of the landscaping and large hill, we had to measure each leg custom to fit each spot and it's been kind of grunt work, but knowing what it will look like to the audience at the end and seeing the actors reaction to it during rehearsals, that's the positive end product. That's key."

Person at work

"I'm currently in medical school. Having a mother with MS, my siblings and I grew up around doctors. They made a big difference in my life during that time. Hopefully I can have a similar impact on another family one day too."

Person at work

"I sell used books. I work in a shop at the mall. I've always liked bookstores and reading. I like to talk to people about books. I want to own my own business one day, not work for other people."

Person at work

"I've been with my company for six months. Before that I was unemployed for over a year. I think that sometimes, as awful as something like that seems when it's happening, you can look back and realize it was supposed to go that way."

Person at work

"Through a temp agency, I was able to get my day job at an insurance company. It's given me financial security. I was able to use that temp position to get a full time position, and recently a promotion! Having that day job has really given me the ability to pursue my real interests; photography and comedy."

Person at work

"I am the Direct Sales Fulfillment Manager. Food is a passion of mine, and this company makes a great product, so I wanted to come and work here and they had an opening. My biggest struggle is not enough hours in the day. Being new, I've got a lot of stuff to do. I've been using my technology background to really get better processes, better ordering and more technology in here to help us do our job better."

Person at work

"I work as a Sales Account Executive at an authentic modern design furniture showroom. I assist clients, whether it be architects, designers, families, or someone just looking for a single item, navigate through our collections and the different sizes, finishes, and options available. That's all textbook though; my main job is building relationships and ensuring clients come in, leave, and return... happy! Meeting new people is my favorite part of the job, hands down."

Person at work

"I've been working with the company all my life, since I was 11. It's my family's business. The restaurant business, either you love it or you hate it. I'm fortunate that I actually like it...I don't mind coming to work everyday! It's the American Dream!"

Person at work

"I build out the cafes and do the landscaping and planters. We want to make sure the inside look and feel really flows to the outside. I'm actually a welder, I was in the sheet metal union for many many years; that's what I went to school for in my early 20's. That's sort of what got me into this job; they were building out the Foundry and they needed someone to help weld the chairs. 2005 is when I started working with them...and we are not slowing down!"

Person at work

"When I was little, I wanted to be a fighter pilot. But I don't have 20/20 vision, far from it actually."

Person at work

"My first career was a mechanic. And then, after being a mechanic, I saw the opportunity to do this. When I first started, I was a little older than most people. I started when I was 35. This is my 20th year of service, and my 11th year on the horses."

Person at work

"I love Superman, he's my favorite superhero. I like the ideology that he wants to protect these people that he's not even one of. I feel like that's something you should do; protect people that can't really protect themselves as well as you could... I definitely think that's one of the things that got me into becoming a security guard."

Person at work

"I'm a career management consultant, so my role is to work with displaced workers. When someone comes in on day one and they are crying and really scared, and six months later you're celebrating because they've landed a job, it's great."

Person at work

"It really impacts your life when you realize you can't help everyone. You've got to take that into consideration with this job. You have to be in the mindset that you can try, but you can't help every single person."

Person at work

"I had a photo shoot yesterday too! Music is my other life. I'm working on an album, the single should be out at the end of this month. The shoot was exhausting but I'd do it everyday if I could."

Person at work

"I lived in Greece for four years with my family. I think that exposure to other cultures is very important. I'd like to be able to travel more, especially internationally, while still doing the same job."

Person at work

"When I was younger, I wanted to be a civil engineer - build bridges and infrastructures. But I have a learning disability and when I got higher up in school, everything started getting harder and harder. Reading, comprehension, I'll read a paragraph three times and just won't understand it. I'm just slow at it. When we are busy here, and I'm running around, and someone says something to me, I'll have to stop and focus on what they just said. If I didn't hear them, and ask them to repeat themselves, they get mad at me because they think I'm just not listening."

Person at work

"I started here last Monday! I've always wanted to work here! I wanted to be a part of something bigger. Everything is much more "big picture" here than where I was before. There's a lot more resources. When I was younger, I wanted to be a journalist. I do all my business writing here, so that takes care of that!"

Person at work

"It's hard to hide that it's my birthday."

Person at work

"For the future, I don't know exactly what my career path will be, but I know it has to do something with technology and interacting with people, and making a difference in their lives. I always want to be around people, making them smile and laugh. I have a major in IT as well. I've been here at this job since November."

Person at work

"I am an Executive Assistant. I've been with the company 5 years, but I've only been with this executive for about 8 months. When I was young, I thought I would be a nurse until I passed out giving blood! I wanted to go into that because I thought it'd be so cool to help people and make a difference. I feel like in this job, I'm still helping people. It's just in a different way and it's less stressful because it's not life or death situations!"

Person at work

"My official title is Maintenance Technician. I've been here 17 years. Before this, I used to do maintenance with a car dealership, but this was a better opportunity. I've always been kind of a handyman. When I was younger, I knew I'd go into this field. I hope to be with this company until I retire."

Person at work

"I am in business development and with the group for 13 years in a variety of roles. My dad always said, 'Find a job you love, and you'll never work a day again.' I love it. I'm very much into purposeful work. I love serving the clients that much."

Person at work

"In terms of the future, I really love management. I love being a people leader and supporting them, giving them the guidance, the confidence and direction they need to succeed and do well. It feels good when you see some of your staff members you've managed move into different positions. They follow up with me and keep me up to date on what they're doing. I feel bad because I'm having so much fun that I don't feel like I'm working sometimes!"

Person at work

"Coming from an investment firm start-up, there were only two of us onsite all day every day. That was kind of stressful, and it was really my first real job out of college. My current position has been great because I get to work with different people everyday. There's just not enough time! Also, I'm still so new in this position that I have to ask a lot of question. I just wish it was 6 months down the road when I'll be acclimated. But that just takes time too!"